I (Mike) think today was a welcome break from the daily routine of “where the hell are we?” We overnighted at Albert Falls, Notuli Camp site and although six of us squeezed into one army-style tent, only one snorer kept me awake.
Pandora, Pens & Preven had an environmental class with five schools this morning at the dam. Apparently, all went and the kids enjoyed the cooldrinks and biccies supplied afterwards. Penny & I went onto the dam wall with the camera crew to have a tour of the facilities with David, the local dam superintendant.
He has worked here for 37 years and gave his impressions of the 1987 floods.
I decided I needed a bit of nostalgia, as I had worked here for Natal Parks Board in 1988 and part of 1989. (They soon saw my amazing potential and transferred me to St Lucia). I walked around looking at some areas, in particular “Python Bay”, named for good reason. I took a look at their old haunt, but found no sign of them. Looking in on our old house up at Notuli, I realised 24 years had passed in a flash.
A huge thank you to Moraig for the delicious chicken stew and salad and to Alice for the muffins! Thanks to Msinsi for the accommodation and support and to Umgeni Water for arranging the dam wall tour. Thanks to Kevin for bringing the canoes for tomorrow’s leg and to Liz Gow for popping in with supplies and helping Wendy repack the foodstore.
We are all ready to set off tomorrow from Albert Falls dam on our next leg to Cumberland.
Written by: Mike Farley
Albert Falls Schools Open Day Programme
Five Pietermaritzburg schools joined the ‘Mayday for Rivers’ Education team at Albert Falls today: Inzuzwenhle Primary,
and Ester Pyne Smith Secondary for a very successful programme of activities.
Thanks go to Msinsi Holdings for the venue and support, Caroline Clover, our DUCT administrative manager for the delicious tea and lunch, Preven Chetty and Penz Malinga for leading group activities.
Three schools are WESSA/WWF Eco-Schools and we are hoping that the other two will join the programme. Nizamia Secondary is the first school to Adopt-a-River as part of the ‘Mayday for Rivers’ Education Programme.
Mahomed Saeed, Principal of Nizamia comments: “We need to protect the health of rivers in order to have sufficient water in the future for our communities. In this regard, an invitation is open to all schools and conscience-driven individuals to join the Mayday for Rivers initiative. The walk aims to unite everyone in establishing a green corridor and to involve the river’s community in a fellowship to particpate in the restoration of the river. An excellent programme.”